The Monday sunshine over the Seattle area didn’t last long.

The first of three wet weather systems is bringing heavy rain, brisk winds and even a chance of thunder and lightning to the coast and the Olympic Mountains. And it’s headed to the Puget Sound region next.

The slow-moving, moisture-swollen system will hit the Olympic Peninsula first around 2 or 3 a.m. Tuesday, said Maddie Kristell, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Seattle. The rain will spread inland between 7 and 9 a.m., dropping anywhere from 1 to 6 inches of rain across the region through the day, Kristell said.

The second system, due Wednesday, won’t be quite as wet but could bring some pretty serious winds, with gusts up to 35 mph, along the Interstate 5 corridor from Tacoma through Bellingham, weather service meteorologist Matthew Cullen said.

The third system, which will bring significantly cooler temperatures, will hit sometime early Thursday, he said. While Monday hit a high of 65 degrees at Seattle-Tacoma International Airport, Friday’s highs could be in the upper-40s, Kristell said.

All three systems will drop several inches of precipitation in the mountains, Cullen said, but with the colder weather Thursday, the snow level will drop, and we could see snow in the passes.

The weekend will be drier, but not necessarily warmer, Cullen said.

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